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Shu-Ching Huang, Anyu Zhou, Dan T Nguyen, Henry S Zhang, Edward J Benz
Protein 4.1R (4.1R) isoforms are expressed in both cardiac and skeletal muscle. 4.1R is a component of the contractile apparatus. It is also associated with dystrophin at the sarcolemma in skeletal myofibers. However, the expression and function of 4.1R during myogenesis have not been characterized. We now report that 4.1R expression increases during C2C12 myoblast differentiation into myotubes. Depletion of 4.1R impairs skeletal muscle differentiation, and is accompanied by a decrease in the levels of myosin heavy and light chains and caveolin-3...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Xing Liu, Xiaolian Cai, Bo Hu, Zhichao Mei, Dawei Zhang, Gang Ouyang, Jing Wang, Wei Zhang, Wuhan Xiao
FOXO3a, a member of the forkhead homeobox type O (FOXO) family of transcriptional factors, regulates cell survival in response to DNA damage, caloric restriction, and oxidative stress. The von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) tumor suppressor gene encodes a component of the E3 ubiquitin ligase complex that mediates hypoxia-inducible factor-α (HIF-α) degradation under aerobic conditions, thus acting as one of the key regulators of hypoxia signaling. However, whether FOXO3a impacts cellular hypoxia stress remains unknown...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Steffen Grampp, James L Platt, Victoria Lauer, Rafik Salama, Franziska Kranz, Viviana K Neumann, Sven Wach, Christine Stöhr, Arndt Hartmann, Kai-Uwe Eckardt, Peter J Ratcliffe, David R Mole, Johannes Schödel
Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is characterized by loss of function of the von Hippel-Lindau tumour suppressor (VHL) and unrestrained activation of hypoxia-inducible transcription factors (HIFs). Genetic and epigenetic determinants have an impact on HIF pathways. A recent genome-wide association study on renal cancer susceptibility identified single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in an intergenic region located between the oncogenes MYC and PVT1. Here using assays of chromatin conformation, allele-specific chromatin immunoprecipitation and genome editing, we show that HIF binding to this regulatory element is necessary to trans-activate MYC and PVT1 expression specifically in cells of renal tubular origins...
October 24, 2016: Nature Communications
Miki Murakoshi, Kei Takasawa, Masato Nishioka, Masahiro Asakawa, Kenichi Kashimada, Takanobu Yoshimoto, Toshiyuki Yamamoto, Kazuhiro Takekoshi, Yoshihiro Ogawa, Masayuki Shimohira
1p36 deletion syndrome is the most common terminal deletion syndrome, and the genomic regions that contribute to specific 1p36 deletion syndrome-related phenotypes were recently identified. Deletions in the 1p36 region have been documented in various tumor tissues, which indicates correlation between loss of heterozygosity of 1p36 and tumor development, and the existence of tumor suppressors in this region. Therefore, it was suspected that patients with 1p36 deletion syndrome have a higher risk of tumor development; however, only a few child cases of neuroblastoma with 1p36 deletion syndrome have been reported...
October 24, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Clara Bien Peek, Daniel C Levine, Jonathan Cedernaes, Akihiko Taguchi, Yumiko Kobayashi, Stacy J Tsai, Nicolle A Bonar, Maureen R McNulty, Kathryn Moynihan Ramsey, Joseph Bass
Circadian clocks are encoded by a transcription-translation feedback loop that aligns energetic processes with the solar cycle. We show that genetic disruption of the clock activator BMAL1 in skeletal myotubes and fibroblasts increased levels of the hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF1α) under hypoxic conditions. Bmal1(-/-) myotubes displayed reduced anaerobic glycolysis, mitochondrial respiration with glycolytic fuel, and transcription of HIF1α targets Phd3, Vegfa, Mct4, Pk-m, and Ldha, whereas abrogation of the clock repressors CRY1/2 stabilized HIF1α in response to hypoxia...
October 19, 2016: Cell Metabolism
Wei Jiang, Essel Dulaimi, Karthik Devarajan, Theodore Parsons, Qiong Wang, Lili Liao, Eun-Ah Cho, Raymond O'Neill, Charalambos Solomides, Stephen C Peiper, Joseph R Testa, Robert Uzzo, Haifeng Yang
Recent studies have shown that intratumoral heterogeneity (ITH) is prevalent in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC), based on DNA sequencing and chromosome aberration analysis of multiple regions from the same tumor. VHL mutations were found to be universal throughout individual tumors when it occurred (ubiquitous), while the mutations in other tumor suppressor genes tended to be detected only in parts of the tumors (subclonal). ITH has been studied mostly by DNA sequencing in limited numbers of samples, either by whole genome sequencing or by targeted sequencing...
2016: PloS One
Stefan J Lang, Bertan Cakir, Charlotte Evers, Franziska Ludwig, Clemens A K Lange, Hansjürgen T Agostini
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The introduction of optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) provides new insights into the retinal vasculature. The aim of this study was to explore the value of OCTA in imaging retinal hemangioblastomas and monitoring laser treatment in patients with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Ten eyes of 10 patients with VHL disease were included in this retrospective case series. All patients underwent complete ophthalmological work-up including OCTA for retinal and optic nerve head hemangioblastoma...
October 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Valentina Kovaleva, Anna-Lena Geissler, Lisa Lutz, Ralph Fritsch, Frank Makowiec, Sebastian Wiesemann, Ulrich T Hopt, Bernward Passlick, Martin Werner, Silke Lassmann
BACKGROUND: Targeted next generation sequencing (tNGS) has become part of molecular pathology diagnostics for determining RAS mutation status in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients as predictive tool for decision on EGFR-targeted therapy. Here, we investigated mutation profiles of case-matched tissue specimens throughout the disease course of CRC, to further specify RAS-status dynamics and to identify de novo mutations associated with distant metastases. METHODS: Case-matched formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded (FFPE) resection specimens (n = 70; primary tumours, synchronous and/or metachronous liver and/or lung metastases) of 14 CRC cases were subjected to microdissection of normal colonic epithelial, primary and metastatic tumour cells, their DNA extraction and an adapted library protocol for limited DNA using the 48 gene TruSeq Amplicon Cancer Panel(TM), MiSeq sequencing and data analyses (Illumina)...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Cancer
James J Hsieh, David Chen, Patricia I Wang, Mahtab Marker, Almedina Redzematovic, Ying-Bei Chen, S Duygu Selcuklu, Nils Weinhold, Nancy Bouvier, Kety H Huberman, Umesh Bhanot, Michael S Chevinsky, Parul Patel, Patrizia Pinciroli, Helen H Won, Daoqi You, Agnes Viale, William Lee, A Ari Hakimi, Michael F Berger, Nicholas D Socci, Emily H Cheng, Jennifer Knox, Martin H Voss, Maurizio Voi, Robert J Motzer
BACKGROUND: Metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients are commonly treated with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors or mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors. Correlations between somatic mutations and first-line targeted therapy outcomes have not been reported on a randomized trial. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship between tumor mutations and treatment outcomes in RECORD-3, a randomized trial comparing first-line everolimus (mTOR inhibitor) followed by sunitinib (VEGF inhibitor) at progression with the opposite sequence in 471 metastatic RCC patients...
October 14, 2016: European Urology
Georgios Z Papadakis, Corina Millo, Samira M Sadowski, Ulas Bagci, Nicholas J Patronas
Renal and pancreatic cysts and tumors are the most common visceral manifestations of von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease, a heritable multisystem cancer syndrome characterized by development of a variety of malignant and benign tumors. We report a case of a VHL patient with multiple renal cystic and complex cystic/solid lesions. The patient underwent Ga-DOTA-TATE-PET/CT showing intensely increased activity by a solid lesion which demonstrated enhancement on both CT and MRI scans, raising high suspicion for malignancy...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Michael J Feldman, Saman Sizdahkhani, Nancy A Edwards, Marsha J Merrill, Abhik Ray-Chaudhury, Zhengping Zhuang, Russell R Lonser, Edward H Oldfield, Prashant Chittiboina
von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) patients develop multiple central nervous system hemangioblastomas (HB). Some HBs become symptomatic with exponential growth or cyst formation following long periods of quiescence. Understanding the factors underlying growth in hemangioblastoma may lead to better strategies to arrest or prevent tumor growth. In 5 VHL patients, we resected quiescent hemangioblastomas (Q-HB) that were en-route during surgical access to symptomatic hemangioblastomas (S-HB), for matched tumor analysis. Quantitative reverse transcriptase analysis demonstrated a 2-fold increase in EPO expression in all S-HB, while 4/5 showed either Hypoxia Inducible Factor-1α or 2α upregulation...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Baijun Dong, Yujing Gao, Xunlei Kang, Hongchang Gao, Jin Zhang, Hua Guo, Mingjian J You, Wei Xue, Jinke Cheng, Yiran Huang
Metabolic shift toward aerobic glycolysis is a fundamental element contributing to the development and progression of clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC). We and others previously observed enhanced glycolysis and diminished tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle activity in ccRCC tissue. Here, by integrated gene expression and metabolomic analyses of 36 matched pairs of tumor and adjacent normal tissues, we showed that expression of Sentrin/SUMO-specific protease 1 (SENP1) is positively associated with glycolysis levels in ccRCC...
October 12, 2016: Oncotarget
Michelangelo Fiorentino, Elisa Gruppioni, Francesco Massari, Francesca Giunchi, Annalisa Altimari, Chiara Ciccarese, Davide Bimbatti, Aldo Scarpa, Roberto Iacovelli, Camillo Porta, Sarhadi Virinder, Giampaolo Tortora, Walter Artibani, Riccardo Schiavina, Andrea Ardizzoni, Matteo Brunelli, Sakari Knuutila, Guido Martignoni
Renal cell cancer (RCC) is characterized by histological and molecular heterogeneity that may account for variable response to targeted therapies. We evaluated retrospectively with a next generation sequencing (NGS) approach using a pre-designed cancer panel the mutation burden of 32 lesions from 22 metastatic RCC patients treated with at least one tyrosine kinase or mTOR inhibitor. We identified mutations in the VHL, PTEN, JAK3, MET, ERBB4, APC, CDKN2A, FGFR3, EGFR, RB1, TP53 genes. Somatic alterations were correlated with response to therapy...
October 10, 2016: Oncotarget
Christos Panayi, Nagui Antoun, Richard Sandford
A 44-year-old woman with a history of von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease, a rare inherited neoplasia syndrome, presented acutely to hospital with a productive cough, symptoms of respiratory tract infection and odynophagia (painful swallowing). A chest X-ray confirmed right-sided pneumonia. Investigation of the persistent odynophagia using barium swallow revealed aspiration of the contrast into the lungs and suggested a neurological cause for her chest infection. Clinical assessment and speech and language therapy confirmed a pseudobulbar palsy...
October 13, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
Hannah L Bader, Tien Hsu
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the tumor suppressor gene von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) underlie a hereditary cancer syndrome-VHL disease-and are also frequently observed in sporadic renal cell carcinoma of the clear cell type (ccRCC). VHL disease is characterized by malignant and benign tumors in a few specific tissues, including ccRCC, hemangioblastoma and pheochromocytoma. The etiology of these tumors remains unresolved. METHODS: Conditional inactivation of the VHL gene in mouse (Vhlh) was generated to examine the pathophysiological role of the VHL gene function...
October 12, 2016: BMC Cancer
Christopher J Ricketts, Daniel R Crooks, W Marston Linehan
In two recent studies, the HIF2α antagonist, PT2399, decreased HIF2α-dependent transcription and tumor growth in selected VHL-deficient clear-cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) models. These studies validate HIF2α as a therapeutic target in ccRCC, reveal variable sensitivity to HIF2α antagonism, and provide the foundation for predictive biomarker-driven clinical trials.
October 10, 2016: Cancer Cell
Sumanta K Pal, Harry A Drabkin, James A Reeves, John D Hainsworth, Susan E Hazel, Dario A Paggiarino, Jon Wojciak, Gary Woodnutt, Rupal S Bhatt
BACKGROUND: Upregulation of sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) may mediate resistance to vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-directed therapies and inhibit antitumor immunity. Antagonism of S1P in preclinical models appears to overcome this resistance. In this phase 2 study, the authors assessed the activity of sonepcizumab, a first-in-class inhibitor of S1P, in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) with a history of prior VEGF-directed therapy. METHODS: Patients were required to have clear cell mRCC and to have received treatment with at least 1 prior VEGF-directed agent...
October 11, 2016: Cancer
Inessa Skrypkina, Liudmyla Tsyba, Kateryna Onyshchenko, Dmytro Morderer, Olena Kashparova, Oleksii Nikolaienko, Grigory Panasenko, Sergii Vozianov, Alina Romanenko, Alla Rynditch
The critical point for successful treatment of cancer is diagnosis at early stages of tumor development. Cancer cell-specific methylated DNA has been found in the blood of cancer patients, indicating that cell-free DNA (cfDNA) circulating in the blood is a convenient tumor-associated DNA marker. Therefore methylated cfDNA can be used as a minimally invasive diagnostic marker. We analysed the concentration of plasma cfDNA and methylation of six tumor suppressor genes in samples of 27 patients with renal cancer and 15 healthy donors as controls...
2016: Disease Markers
Chao Yang, Wanhe Wang, Linmin Chen, Jiaxin Liang, Sheng Lin, Ming-Yuen Lee, Dik-Lung Ma, Chung-Hang Leung
We describe herein compound 1, which is similar to many known natural products, as an inhibitor of the VHL-HIF1α interaction via structure-based virtual screening. Compound 1 disrupts VHL-mediated HIF1α degradation, leading to significantly increased VEGF expression. To our knowledge, compound 1 is a member of only the second class of small molecule inhibitors of the VHL-HIF1α interaction.
October 5, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
M Fähling, S Mathia, J Scheidl, R Abramovitch, Z Milman, A Paliege, H Peters, P B Persson, S N Heyman, C Rosenberger
AIM: Cyclosporin A (CsA) causes renal toxicity. The underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood, but may involve renal hypoxia and hypoxia-inducible factors (Hifs). We sought for hypoxia and Hif in mouse kidneys with CsA-induced toxicity, assessed their time course, Hif-mediated responses and the impact of interventional Hif upregulation. METHODS: Mice received CsA or its solvent cremophore for up to 6 weeks. Low salt diet (Na(+) ↓) was given in combination with CsA to enhance toxicity...
September 30, 2016: Acta Physiologica
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